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Plant Powered Mexican

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Since moving to Mexico, I do shop locally for organic produce but will never be vegetarian or vegan. However, the book was inspiring and I'll continue to explore more regional dishes.
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Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of this book to read in exchange for honest feedback.

Right off the bat, I thought this was a delicious looking food on the front cover and I was drawn to the idea of plant based Mexican, which obviously has a lot of meat but also incorporates a lot of non-meat items like veg and rice/beans. In this book, there are about 70-80 recipes that incorporate vegetables and may also be turned vegan if necessary by removing cheese/milk etc. 

I loved the photographs, they really sold the beauty of the dishes and of a vibrant healthy assortment of veg. Just think of the vegetable and fruit sections at grocery stores. When they're nice and brightly colored, washed and fresh? Just makes you think you're Gordon Ramsay and can cook anything. Forget the chips! :P

There are things like entries, salads, soups, bowl dishes, and Mexican classics like salsa and rice. I really liked the range of dishes. I love Mexican food but salsa & pico are my biggest cravings. I also really like cilantro and just don't have enough opportunities to use it. I think this book brought attention to different dishes outside of the typical things people think of when they think of Mexican food, as well as the versatility of non-meat dishes -- not the limitations!
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First off, this book is beautiful. I love the layout and the photos.
I also think that this is such a great niche. I was very intrigued by a plant-based Mexican cuisine cookbook, and it delivered.

I tried a variety of the recipes and really loved the variety and that most of the recipes were accessible to chefs of differing skill level. Nothing was too complicated, but the ones I cooked were delicious and a hit with the family.

I did find it tricky to find some of the ingredients, so on some of the items that aren't possible to find in a typical supermarket, it would have been nice to have alternatives.

Overall a great product,
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I can sometimes find it hard add variety into my diet. Like many of us I was raised meat and two veg. Chicken and fish are my staples. This book makes meat free fun. It adds colour, texture and variety to great effect. Meat free is not boring, it just takes time and effort to find the corrcet ingredients and challenge the tastebuds. This book is worth the investment. Enjoy!
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I am newly plant based and I really appreciated this book. Can't wait to try the recipes because I love Mexican food.
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I am always on the lookout for plant based cookbooks and this one does not disappoint. Filled with delicious looking recipes, well set out and a nice variety of meal options.
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Anyone who loves Mexican food I’ll love this book.  It has a wealth of information even the beginner chef can understand.  Love it!
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Super fresh, super fast, mouth watering Mexican recipes plant based and delicious.  A truly valuable cookbook for those interested in more plant-based eating!
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*received for free from netgalley for honest review* Not sure i would use all of these recipes but i many of them looked pretty good!!
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This book had delicious photos along with delicious recipes. Wile I've never wanted to go fully vegan because I don't want to limit my culinary palette I do think I can expand on using vegetables in my foods and even making vegetables the star of the dish. This is a good cookbook for expanding your horizons.
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Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Harvard Common Press and NetGalley for a complimentary advanced copy of this book. 

As a vegetarian and lover of Mexican cuisine, I was immediately drawn to this book. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm was curtailed shortly after I began reading it. Most of the recipes were for things I have never heard of and many didn't look appetizing. Everything seemed pretty complicated to prepare. I was also surprised to see so many recipes containing dairy in a book whose title led me to believe it would contain mainly vegan recipes. This one just wasn't for me.
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Good cookbook if you are looking for vegetarian Mexican recipes.  I like the setup but some things the recipes call for I can't get in grocery stores near me.  I do live in a small town though.
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Loved it have tried some of the recipes had to add less spice but oh yummy.
Can't wait to buy this book and cook more from it
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Plant Powered Mexican by Kate Ramos
Fast, Fresh Recipes from a Mexican-American Kitchen

Living overseas and missing Mexican food, I have learned to make facsimiles of some of my favorites so was hoping that this book might have some ideas for m to incorporate into my repertoire. Sadly, that did not happen. There were a few ideas I might try in the future, but most seemed more fusion than authentic and though tasty, bright and filled with variety…they were not recipes I wanted to make immediately. I would have liked to see nutritional information and some variations on what might be used if you could not find the specific ingredients in the recipes.

That said, this is a beautiful book filled with recipes that are bright, flavorful, different, and intriguing. Every recipe has photographs that are well staged and colorfully presented. If I lived in a place with a Latin market nearby and the ingredients required were not prohibitively expensive, I might try making one or two of the recipes. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Group – Harvard Common Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 

3-4 Stars
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I don't often buy cookery books, fewer than one per year, but this really caught my eye and not just because of the bright cover. The combination of living in a meat-free household and a love for Mexican food we all share is what sold it to me.
 
The book is colourful throughout, with detailed, close-up photographs of meals and ingredients that are nothing short of stunning, as well as decorative page edgings. Certainly a feast of a book.

The author is a Mexican-American and opens with where to buy the ingredients to make these authentic Mexican recipes. I never knew there are four types of hot chili powder! There aren't any Latin markets where I live in the Midlands, UK but the exotic fruity herbs are easy to buy online.

The recipes cover everything from spice mixes, salsas and salads, to the famous enchilada, tacos, torta and quesadillas, with tips on how to best cut citrus fruit and fry mushrooms. Before I even finished reading the book I had to stop to try out this version of a tomato sandwich - and it is the best I've ever had. 

There are nutritional information boxes, descriptions of equipment and their usage, and how to adapt foods and recipes for vegans and when using convenient tinned ingredients. Recipes are easy to follow with the use of layman's terms and clear pictures. At the end of the book are further reading books and websites. This is a brilliant book for meat-free Mexican cuisine and I am busy working my way through it. Fast, fresh and very modern. Highly recommended.
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I wanted to climb inside this cookbook. I don’t follow a plant based diet but I do try and incorporate a few meatless meals. Plus my kids have some vegetarian friends so I like to have a few recipes besides spaghetti to make. This book has some of the healthiest, gorgeous looking recipes I’ve ever seen. Some ingredients won’t be easy to get but the author lets you know if there is a substitution.
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Plant Powered Mexican is a vibrant, healthy vegetarian and vegan cookbook that has a variety of recipes and ideas for the more adventurous chef. Some of the recipes are straightforward and useful for novices, whereas some have a long list of ingredients that I may struggle to source. Suggestions of alternatives are provided and I believe every recipe is open to interpretation. 
The photographs of the dishes are absolutely stunning and went a long way to encourage me to attempt some of the recipes.
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I was skeptical at first because, come on - Mexican food without meat? BUT - I was surprised and really interested in these recipes and they are all so vibrant in color! I'll definitely be testing out quite a bit of these!
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Sub-titled Fast, Fresh Recipes from a Mexican-American Kitchen, Plant Powered Mexican 	by Kate Ramos is a most useful addition to the kitchen recipe library. Kate celebrates Mexican cuisine with over seventy plant-based recipes. She categorises the recipes according to different cooking methods and hence, the various chapters on low cook, stove, instant pot, grill oven and extras. It includes useful explanations of various herbs and spices, how to doctor a can of beans and simple enough recipes for the most basic cooks. A refreshing and most useful accompaniment for people wanting to eat healthy or indulge their tastebuds for Mexican food. With bright colourful pictures and a handy index, this is a must have five-star rated book. With thanks to Harvard Common Press and the author, for an uncorrected advanced review copy for review purposes. As always, the opinions herein are totally my own and are made without fear or favour.
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This book has a lot of information about where to get supplies for the recipes. Many of them are things I had never even heard of! The recipes in this book are colorful and full of spice. And while I appreciate that they are plant based, many of them do not appeal to a more picky eater like me. I mean I love Mexican food, do not get me wrong. And these recipes will definitely appeal to those more food courageous than me. That's not to say the recipes are not accessible, they totally are!
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